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Biofuels was one of the major topics that surfaced at the American Association for the Advancement of Science last week. Nobel laureate Steven Chu called the need for alternative fuels "very pressing" as the economics of powering autos with gas is four times as expensive as plug-in electricity. Experts say biofuels will have a major impact on the energy economy within the next decade as other technologies, such as nuclear fusion, are too far away from commercial uses.

No one said it was going to be easy, but did anyone say making ethanol was going to be this creepy? If researchers at Diversa Corporation can finish what has become promising research, then getting cellulosic ethanol to the consumer market will be due to an unusual reason: termite guts.